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26th VOSH Annual Meeting 2018

October 12 – 14, 2018, Montreal, Canada

Theme: “United VOSH” 

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VOSH Signs Agreement to Establish First-Ever Optometry School in Haiti

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“If I Can See Better, I Will Learn Better

“IF I CAN SEE BETTER, I WILL LEARN BETTER” is UNAN OPTOMETRY AND VOSH-NICARAGUA CAMPAIGN  Ben Koenig, VOSH/International’s recent VOSH Corps placement at the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua-Managua (UNAN) is interviewed here by TV channel 15 in Nicaragua. Ben, just working on improving his Spanish speaking skills, did this interview entirely in Spanish. Click on the link below to hear the Spanish interview.  To our Spanish speaking VOSHers – How’d Ben do? The “If I can see better, I can learn better” campaign’s purpose is to identify children with refractive error and binocular vision problems that UNAN can help to allow the children to learn better in school. UNAN is working with an organization called EDUCO to provide glasses for the children who need them. The campaign begins in Managua in 2018. Ben is acting as an adviser for VOSH-Nicaragua, and will be one of the supervising doctors for UNAN optometry students during the campaign.  ... read more

ODs Needed for Mission to Nigeria

The African Primary Healthcare Foundation has an Eye Care Medical Mission to Nigeria on January 5 – January 12, 2018 and is looking for VOSH ODs to join them. Please contact Magdalen U. Emeruwa, M.Sc., Secretary, Tel: (951) 533-6633, contact@aph-foundation.org.... read more

Recap of the VOSH 25th Annual Meeting

VOSH/International hosted its 25th annual meeting on October 14, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.  Ninety- two people attended a full day of speakers, breakout sessions, exhibitors and networking. There were speakers from around the world including the USA, Canada, Thailand, Vietnam, El Salvador and Nicaragua. These speakers highlighted how VOSH/International and VOSH chapters have truly become an international force for optometry by providing care with local optometry and helping to educate optometry students in new optometry schools.  As VOSH moves to collaborates with local optometry and health care, our impact has become greater. Also at the Annual Meeting, there were two awards given for exemplary service.  The Humanitarian of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Sandra Bury of Oak Lawn, Illinois.  Dr. Bury has been active in VOSH-Illinois since 1995.  She participates in both local and international clinic trips and, in addition, Dr. Bury is the mayor of her town. The Harry I. Zeltzer Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Ellis Potter. Dr. Potter has had a lifetime of service as a Boy Scout, Rotarian and Optometrist.  Notably, Dr. Potter also became the first ever recipient of the American Academy of Optometry’s Brien Holden Humanitarian Award.  He received this award at the 2017 AAO meeting immediately preceding the VOSH/International meeting. To read Dr. Potter’s powerful remarks when accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award, please click here. Both Drs. Bury and Potter are classic examples of the people involved in VOSH.  People with big hearts that have volunteerism as an essential part of who they are.  These two and the other nominees for the Lifetime Achievement and Humanitarian of the... read more